I can understand paying more money for access to BluRay discs. That’s fine. I like the BR option and get anything in BR that I can. We currently have the 3 at a time plan and it costs about $23 / month after taxes. That’s not bad considering that some months I’ll go through 8-10 movies if I watch them right away (I do that quite often). Two of those 3 are from my queue and Jen gets one of the discs from her own queue. It works well since I usually watch more than she does.
Now, believe it or not, I think the option of a “streaming only” plan is awesome – for some people. Only $8 / month to watch all of the streaming content you can handle? That’s a great deal.
What I DON’T think is awesome is passing on the extra cost of offering those plans to the existing customers through a price increase! Ya, we’re going to now absorb the extra cost that it takes to offer such a plan. I got an email from Netflix today stating that the price for my 3 at a time plan is going up another $3 / month. That doesn’t sound like much, but essentially it’ll cause my $23 bill to jump to around $27 after taxes. The way I look at it, just over $20 / month for 3 at a time is a decent deal… but nearly $30 for those same 3 at a time is highway robbery.
From my perspective, I have two options… 1) Leave it be and see if my plan is “grandfathered in” at the same price and stays that way as long as I don’t try to change it. Or option 2) I’m dropping my plan to 2 at a time. I don’t even care if I get fewer movies when I want them… that kind of an increase OUT OF NOWHERE is pure bullshit on Netflix’s part.
It’s bad enough that Netflix users have to get fucked by the movie studios “delaying” movies to Netflix for a whole month (WHICH IS TOTAL FUCKING BULLSHIT, BTW)… but now Netflix is going to fuck everyone over again!